Chances increase for Northern Lights across MI tonight

  • Chances increase for Northern Lights across MI tonight

Chances increase for Northern Lights across MI tonight

A solar storm is headed our way and we have the opportunity to see the Northern Lights here in New England.

It's all due to a giant sunspot that is larger than earth.

"And if it stays not cloudy it will be an excellent view of the Northern Lights".

NOAA said the best viewing times to catch the light show, clouds permitting, will be between 11 p.m. Sunday and 5 a.m. Monday. This explosion produced what scientists call a coronal mass ejection (CME).

For more information on the Northern Lights and to see the viewing opportunities over a three-day period, go to the NASA site. The brightest color tapestry will be across the high latitudes -- Alaska, Central and Northern Canada, and the northernmost part of the United States.

Areas in the darkest blues will have the best chances of clear skies overnight.

"If people want to look at it, they want to try and head a little bit north", said Rapson.

If the auroral forecast predicts a visible aurora, get away from light pollution in urban areas and away from any bright lights.

This means Northern Lights could be visible anywhere in MI, if skies are clear and you are under a very dark sky. The Earth is already experiencing a 6, which is strong enough that much of Minnesota should be able to see them under the right conditions.